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What is the prognosis for dysautonomia?

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Some people with dysautonomia die of their disease within a short time, while others can lead fairly normal lives, claim the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and Dysautonomia International. People with generalized, long-term dysautonomia of the central nervous system often die from heart attacks or respiratory conditions, states the National Institute of Neurological Disorders. This is because dysautonomia strikes bodily functions over which the patient has no conscious control, such as blood pressure and heart rate.

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The prognosis for each type of dysautonomia is different, states Dysautonomia International. In neurocardiogenic syncope, the patient is prone to fainting. Some people faint once or twice in their lives and can otherwise live normally, while others faint several times a day. This can lead to sometimes severe injury and an inability to perform normal, day-to-day tasks.

Multiple system atrophy is a type of dysautonomia that eventually leads to death, claims Dysautonomia International. People with MSA are often bedridden within two years after they are diagnosed and are dead within five to 10 years.

Dysautonomia often appears with other diseases, such as diabetes, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatic fever, states Dysautonomia International. As of 2015, there is no cure for dysautonomia.

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